Issue of September 8, 2019
Mt. Province
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‘Road to victory’ set for WWII sites, unrecognized heroes
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

VICTORY WALK -- Ifugao Gov. Jerry Dalipog walks with Ifugao son, Police B/Gen. Jesus Cambay, Jr. who graced the Victory Day celebration in commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the surrender of General Tomuyuki Yamashita on Sept. 2, 1945 with the theme, “Freedom: Engine for inclusive growth” at the Kiangan National Shrine in Kiangan, Ifugao. -- Contributed photo

The Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office will hold an Amazing Race-type historical tour that will honor World War II sites and persons who are not widely recognized but are vital to the country’s victory during the war.

PVB First Vice President Mike Villa-Real said the historical tour dubbed Road to Victory/Ride for Valor set Oct. 26 to 27 invites the public to join in tracing some of the WWII events starting at the Capas National Shrine in Tarlac City where the survivors of the Bataan Death March were incarcerated and later led to the victory day in Kiangan, Ifugao.

Ian Alacar of Without Limits Inc., organizer of the event said the Ride for Valor aims to tell history in an alternative way, one that is exciting, adventurous, and significant for today’s generation.

Funds that will be generated from the event will be used to help build WWII museums, shrines, and memorials.

Alacar said Road to Victory is an Amazing Race type of event where participants will render various activities in each stop. The challenges at the pit stops will earn participants points as they accomplish them or not. Activities will vary from mental (historical accounts), physical or logical challenge related to the area.

It consists of two categories, the Ride for Valor Elite category open to all big bikes (400cc and up), with seven challenge stations; and Ride for Valor Manufacturers Cup category open to all scooter and under bone motorized vehicles, with five challenge stations.

The challenges will be revealed on the day of the event.

Being a historical tour, participants must ride and seek WWII locations from Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, and Ifugao.

Participants need to ride their bike together with their team mates at all times. They can choose roads to get from one point to the next. Racing of bikes will be strictly not allowed when traveling from one point to the other.

Clues will be given to get to the next stage.

Registration fee for the elite category is P3,500 and P7,000 for a team of two. Registration fee for the manufacturers cup category is P2,500 for each team and P10,000 for a team of four.

Registration is ongoing until Oct. 15.

Winners in the elite category will get P20,000 for the first prize team; 15,000 for second prize and P10,000 for the third prize. The first place in the Manufacturer’s Cup will get P30,000; P20,000 for the second prize and P10,000 for the third prize. All winners will get a trophy and gift certificates.

There would be a boodle fight at the finish line after the awarding ceremonies.

Other giveaways are Ride for Valor commemorative patch, shirt, finisher’s trophy and brotherhood buckle.

In remembering the heroes of WWII, PVB and PVAO first held the Bataan Freedom Run, Freedom Trail, and Freedom Ride, all tracing the route of the Bataan Death March.

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